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Competition is Fine, Cheating is Not: Twitter Threatened Legal Action Against Meta's Threads

Friday, July 7, 2023 • Tamil Comments
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Twitter has reportedly taken a strong stance against Meta, the parent company of Facebook, regarding their newly launched app called Threads. Just a day after its release, credible news outlets have revealed that Twitter has threatened legal action against Meta, accusing them of using Twitter's trade secrets by hiring several former employees from the blue-bird app.

Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, chimed in on the matter, expressing his support for healthy competition while firmly denouncing any form of cheating. In response to a news article about the situation, Musk tweeted, "Competition is fine, cheating is not," making his stance clear.

Twitter claims that its former employees still have access to its confidential information, which they believe was used to create a similar app, essentially copying their concept and violating state and federal laws in the process.

Alex Spiro, Twitter's lawyer, wrote a letter to Meta's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, demanding immediate action to stop the use of any Twitter trade secrets or highly confidential information. The letter also served as a formal notice to preserve relevant documents for a potential legal dispute.

In a subtle reference to Threads, Twitter's CEO Linda Yaccarino tweeted, "We're often imitated -- but the Twitter community can never be duplicated," emphasizing the uniqueness and strength of the Twitter platform.

This legal action by Twitter against Meta demonstrates that Elon Musk considers Zuckerberg's "Twitter-killer" app as a serious competitor that cannot be taken lightly.

Threads, Meta's app aiming to challenge Twitter by leveraging Instagram's massive user base, has already gained remarkable traction, accumulating more than 30 million sign-ups within just 18 hours of its launch. This surge in popularity comes at a time when users are actively seeking alternative platforms due to concerns over Musk's tumultuous handling of Twitter since his acquisition of the company for $44 billion last year.

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